'Pinay 5' splits friendly series with Guam

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The women's futsal teams of the Philippines and Guam each scored a win in their two-match friendly series over the weekend at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Sunday night clash, however, had a lot more bearing as the "Pinay 5" scored a 3-1 win over the visiting side.

Hannah Muros, the granddaughter of athletics legend Elma Muros-Posadas, struck the opening goal for the "Pinay 5" side barely four minutes into the match, becoming the first national futsal player to score after a long while.

"Noong unang pasok sa akin, kinakabahan pa po ako noon, pero noong naka-goal ako, sobrang nakakatuwa kasi na-achieve namin yung kagustuhan ni Coach Vic [Hermans] para sa amin at nakatulong yun para makadagdag sila ng (When they first inserted me into the match, I was nervous, but when I scored the goal, I was really happy because we achieved what Coach Vic wanted from us and it helped motivate my teammates to score more) goals," said the 18-year-old Cainta native, who has committed to the University of the Philippines women's football squad.

Aurea Reaso then doubled the lead for Pinay 5 with a goal off a corner kick with only 25.4 seconds left before halftime.

Koharu Minato, the goal scorer in Guam's 1-0 win on Saturday night, struck one back for her squad early into the restart, but Jacqueline Ballares delivered what would be the dagger goal for the Pinay 5 at the 13:10 mark of the second half.

The friendly series served as a launching pad for the return of the Pinay 5, currently ranked 54th in the world, and for the jumpstarting of Guam's own women's futsal program.

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